In the wake of a recent ESPN article detailing Warriors players’ dislike for Salt Lake City’s less-than-enthralling nightlife, folks in Utah have come to their town’s defense.
Scott Beck, president and CEO of “Visit Salt Lake,” shared a two-minute video highlighting the attractions the city offers. The segment, cleverly titled, “There’s Nothing to Do in Salt Lake” and originally published in 2015, featured restaurants, bars, concerts, museums, hiking trails and, of course, sporting events. Toward the end of the video, the Jazz’s Derrick Favors is shown dunking over Kevin Durant, then with Oklahoma City.
Salt Lake magazine published a story to its web site Monday outlining travel tips for Golden State. The piece named several of the city’s top clubs to debunk Warriors forward Matt Barnes’ assertion to ESPN that “there’s no nightlife in Utah.”
“Part of me wants to let them think that we’re a boring town because I like my housing prices like I like my crime rates and my blood alcohol levels—low,” Christie Marcy, Salt Lake magazine’s associate editor, wrote. “But I’m not going to let these Northern California snobs besmirch the good name of my adopted city. No sir. Not on my watch.”
Perhaps no list of restaurant or club recommendations can top Jazz forward Joe Ingles’ advice.
“They can still go to L.A. between games if they want,” Ingles told reporters Monday. “They’ve got enough money to pay for a jet and go home and come back on game day, so. … If they want the entertainment, they can drive to Vegas, too, if they really want. I’ll hire a car for them if they want.”
The Warriors, who host Utah for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night, will fly to Salt Lake City on Friday to play games 3 and 4.
Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @Con_Chron